Have you ever gotten turned around, without a map or handy GPS, and had to use the stars to navigate? Well, congratulations, you are the equal of the mighty dung beetle, which can not only use the Sun and Moon to get around smartly but also the Milky Way itself. They may be down in […]
Category: Hey, Mr. Science Guy!
I’m not sure he intended this, but I’m finding Randall Munroe’s weekly “What If” articles more interesting than his regular comics. This week’s article, on if you can cook a steak by dropping it from a great height is not just interesting (in a “hey, you can win a bar bet from this” sort of […]
Randall Munro, who draws the geeky and very funny xkcd comic strip has recently taken up the mantle of Internet Science Answer Man. As suits his strip, though, he doesn’t’ take on the usual questions like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Will I die if I eat 200 marshamllows? Asking for a friend *burp*”. […]
In 1961, President John Kennedy delivered a challenge to the nation: put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, Neal Armstrong became that man as he stepped onto the surface of the moon. Armstrong died today, at the age of 82, of complications from “cardiovascular procedures”, likely […]
You have ears and I have a whole lot of podcast to pour into them, so gather ’round the computer speakers, folks! I won’t give you long summaries of Episode 158 and Episode 159, except to say that the topics range from Harry Reid’s outrageous lies to the Curiosity Rover and my string of podcasts […]
So, you may ask yourself, what happened to the show post for Episode 155, which should have been out a week ago? Well, you see, I had written the post and had it sitting as a draft and then, for reasons I now attribute to either ancient aliens or a sudden influx of Higgs bosons […]
Some comets hide debris in their long tails. Comet Lovejoy hides a fist and a leaping spin-kick.
We sent a squid into space today. Let me say that again. We sent a squid into space today. Now, when I say “squid”, I don’t mean an old sailor or some sort of WWII vintage weapon. I mean we sent a ten-armed marine cephalopod into space. Oh, and it’s not just any squid. It’s […]
Someone get this to Stephen Green, stat! If you have often wondered what exactly lies within the various concoctions that make our favourite alcoholic drinks, then here is your answer. These incredible pictures show popular cocktails magnified up to 1,000 times under a high-tech laboratory microscope. Produced by U.S. firm Bevshots, they reveal the incredible […]